In response to recent violent occurrences that were linked to migrant shelter occupants, New York City is spreading a curfew to other areas of the city.
Mayor Eric Adams’ administration announced the extension of an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew to 20 migrant shelters starting Monday.
Mayor Eric Adams Implements Curfew Expansion
This decision follows initial restrictions placed at four shelters in response to concerns raised by local communities, said spokesperson Kayla Mamelak on Sunday.
Approximately 3,600 migrants will be affected by the expanded curfew, with the largest emergency center housing nearly 1,000 migrants in Long Island City, Queens.
The implementation of curfews aims to enhance safety measures and streamline capacity management within the city’s migrant care facilities.
Mamelak emphasized that these curfews align with existing restrictions in place at traditional homeless shelters in New York City. The measures, she stated, prioritize the well-being of both asylum seekers under the city’s care and residents of surrounding communities.
Addressing New York Migrant Shelter Violence
The decision to extend curfews comes amid a series of violent incidents involving migrants, prompting heightened concerns from city and police authorities.
Last week, a 15-year-old from Venezuela was apprehended for firing shots in Times Square while attempting to evade security after suspected shoplifting, injuring a tourist from Brazil.
Additionally, a video circulating online captured a confrontation between migrants and law enforcement in Times Square, resulting in multiple arrests. These incidents underscore the challenges faced by the city in managing the influx of asylum seekers and ensuring public safety.
Despite the expansion of curfews to a total of 24 migrant shelters, this represents only a fraction of the over 200 facilities operated by the city, accommodating approximately 66,000 newly arrived asylum seekers.
As New York continues to grapple with the complexities of the migrant crisis, efforts to address security concerns remain a top priority for city officials.